Video shows live dolphin birth at Shedd Aquarium | Sea lion euthanized after bone cancer diagnosis | Compound may reduce bovine methane emissions
April 22, 2016
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Video shows live dolphin birth at Shedd Aquarium
Katrl, a 28-year-old Pacific white-sided dolphin, delivered a calf at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on Monday, and the underwater labor and delivery were caught on video. Aquarium staff clapped and cheered as the infant swam to the surface for its first breath after the delivery.
WTTW-TV (Chicago, Ill.) (4/19) 
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Sea lion euthanized after bone cancer diagnosis
Tulsa Zoo veterinarians euthanized their 23-year-old male sea lion named Dorsey after they determined he had bone cancer. Dorsey's mobility had been impaired in recent months, and veterinarians decided to euthanize him recently after his symptoms and quality of life worsened significantly.
KWGS-FM (Tulsa, Okla.)/The Associated Press (4/21) 
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Compound may reduce bovine methane emissions
Dairy farm.
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pennsylvania State University researchers found the compound 3-nitrooxypropanol, known as 3NOP, reduces bovine methane emissions by 30%, increases protein content in milk and improves weight gain in cattle when added to their feed. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and reducing emissions from cattle could save ranchers money because less energy would be used for methane production. Researcher Alex Hristov has been working on the problem for 15 years and calls the 3NOP findings the most exciting development he has seen.
WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia) (4/21) 
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New Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets UR Urinary® Ox/St™ Purina
Do you have canine patients with urinary stones? Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets has introduced a new dry diet, UR Urinary® Ox/St Canine Formula, to nutritionally manage these patients. This diet is backed by comprehensive dual-validation testing. Below, our experts explore the science behind this diet. Learn more here.
Animal News
Steps for producers to protect against Johne's disease
South Dakota State University Extension veterinarian Russ Daly says ranchers can mitigate the risk of Johne's disease by working with a veterinarian to develop a plan to test for the disease and by separating ill animals from young calves. Manure control is important, Dr. Daly notes, because that's the main source of transmission to calves, which may not show signs of the disease until age 3 or 4.
WNAX-AM (Yankton, S.D.) (4/21) 
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How a pet's microchip helped a lost little girl get home
Unbeknownst by her parents, a Missouri toddler woke from a nap and went for a walk outside. Luckily, her dog followed, and a police officer trying to find the girl's home scanned the dog for a microchip, leading to the girl's address and safe return home.
KMOV-TV (St. Louis) (4/21) 
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Popular cat names sound familiar released its top cat names, and many are suitable for a human or have a pop culture tie. Top feline male names include Oliver, Leo, Charlie and Milo, while the most popular female feline names are Luna, Chloe, Bella and Lucy.
NBC News (4/20) 
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Around the Office
How to find joy in your entrepreneurial journey
Focusing only on your business goals can be counterproductive, as people tend to be most successful and satisfied when they live in the moment, writes Elise Mitchell. She shares three ways to "embrace the journey," beginning with becoming comfortable with uncertainty.
Mashable (4/21) 
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AVMA in the News
Food-animal veterinary job market looks promising
(Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images)
Veterinarian Roger Saltman, Zoetis' group director of US cattle veterinary operations, told attendees at a recent forum that the outlook for food animal veterinarians is good. Dr. Saltman, a member of the AVMA Economics Strategy Committee, said that although starting salaries have held steady in recent years, earnings for food animal veterinarians may increase substantially in the first two decades of their careers. Unemployment in the specialty is low, and those who develop nontraditional services such as environmental consulting, milker training, milking-systems analysis and genetics advising are especially likely to thrive. (4/21) 
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AVMA Today
Keep your veterinary clinics green
Happy Earth Day! Today is a great day to think about all of the things you can do to make your clinic more environmentally responsible. Whether it's a small step or a large step, it's a step in the right direction. Together, we can make a difference. Not sure where to start? Visit AVMA's Green Veterinary Practices resources online for some tips.
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